There is a story of “the old men who know.” A village was established in a beautiful valley, where grass and game were plentiful and water abundant. The town grew and prospered. Over time, a group of young pioneers climbed the nearby mountains and brought back an exciting report to the village: On the other side there was even more plentiful grass, game and water. The people should move there, as they would thrive even more fully.

However, there was in the village a council called the “old men who know.” They said, “There can’t be anything like that. We’ve been here all our lives, and this is where we’ll stay.” So, they stayed, until the years passed and the town outgrew its resources and began to die.  In desperation, a few hardy souls followed the young pioneers over the nearby mountains, where they found just what they’d promised- an even broader valley, with even greater resources. So, they settled, and grew and prospered.

Years later, a new generation of young pioneers climbed the nearby mountains, and brought back a  report that they valley beyond was even broader with greater resources for the village.  But the original pioneers had become “the older men who know.”

When we think we know all we need to know about God’s will and ways, we impede His Spirit’s work in our lives. He is always calling us to the next opportunities, the next challenge, the next place of service. Complacency is the enemy of spiritual power.

In our church-wide study about the Holy Spirit, we are exploring and discovering “the more” that the Lord says is available through His Spirit: more intimacy with the presence of God, more power over our personal battle against sin, and more victories against the pervasive destruction sin causes the world.

May I invite you to pray about staring a dialogue with the Spirit of Jesus Christ and create a friendship with the third person of the Trinity—our God.

–By Rev. Dr. William Lewis